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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Poultry Xing: 1937

Poultry Xing: 1937

February 1937. "During the flood, cows and chickens were moved to the highest ground possible. Near Cache, Illinois." Aftermath of the Ohio River Valley flood. Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Extension line?

Anyone notice the telephone tap in the background? I can't come up with the correct name if there is one, but could the phone company put in a temp drop to this area? Payphone on the guard rail?

Parked

On the left it looks like a 1924-1925 Dodge is parked.

In the background is a 1934 Ford 5-Window-Coupe with the passenger door ajar along with a stick or other object holding it open. Is this the photographer's car with maybe a monopod or tripod in the door?

According to the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, the "Stop, Look, and Listen" sign was first used by the Reading Railroad in 1884.

cars ID

L to R:Dodge 4 cylinder, Ford V8 model 40, 1933-1934.

Icy!

They must have had a warm spell for the flooding--certainly a fair amount of ice (although it seems light for February in Illinois).

Empty Nest

The cow, the tracks and the rails have flown the coop. I cannot pinpoint the exact spot, but it is somewhere along this road.

 
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